December 25, 1941 ~ April 24, 2015
Evan Meryle Mikel age 73, passed away from natural causes, peacefully in his longtime Manhattan Beach residence on April 24, 2015. Evan was an only child, born in LaPlata, Missouri on December 25, 1941 to Evan Lloyd Mikel and Josephine Mikel. In his youth, Evan earned the distinction of "Eagle Scout," which is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. He was also an accomplished swimmer.
Evan met his future wife while attending LaPlata High School, in LaPlata, Missouri. He married his high school sweetheart, Verla Madge Jerome on March 3, 1962. He earned his B.A. and teaching credential at North East Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri, followed by his Master's Degree. Following a stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico they moved to Redondo Beach, California in 1965, purchasing their current home on Mathews Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA in 1969.
Evan is survived by his wife of 53 years Verla Madge Mikel of Manhattan Beach, California; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline Renee Mikel and Paul Edward Bianchi of San Ramon, California; son and daughter-in-law, Evan "Brandon" Mikel and Heidi Metz Mikel of San Luis Obispo, California; and granddaughter Morgan Jerome Foletta of Bilbao, Spain.
Evan Meryle Mikel was a beloved teacher at Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach California for over 35 years until his retirement in the early 2000's. Former students recognized Evan around town for years and even decades after they had graduated; even continuing to fondly address him as "Mr. Mikel," as they had when he was their teacher. In addition to teaching math, he also taught Driver's Training; teaching many former students on the road today, how to drive.
Evan was known to carry a book with him at all times, never knowing when the opportunity would present itself, to catch up on his latest detective or crime novel. He was known to enjoy good rock music, attending numerous concerts of his favorite artists. He also enjoyed liberal politics and beginning in the 1960's volunteered countless hours campaigning for his candidates of choice. He enjoyed traveling to numerous parts of Europe. He was known to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer.
Evan was an affectionate and humorous man who loved his children, Jacqueline and Evan "Brandon" and cherished his granddaughter, Morgan. Evan was extremely devoted to his wife Verla, for whom he had been caring for at their home, since her Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2012. Evan lived his life, similar to one of his favorite quotes, "May peace be with you."
A Memorial Service will be held in Evan Meryle Mikel's honor at 9.30 a.m., May 17, 2015 at Red Robin Restaurant in the South Bay Galleria, located at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach California 90278.
The family kindly requests that any donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association; at www.alz.org.
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